Central Students Placed Among Top in Nation at National Leadership Conference

Central Junior High School competitors placed among the top students and teams in the nation June 29 to July 3 at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in San Diego, Calif.

Eighteen students and eight teams represented Central Junior High School at the conference.

Student recognitions include:

  • Mckenna Renfrow: Job Interview, Gold
  • Erianna Gonzalez and Lily Potter: Nutrition and Wellness, Gold
  • Cole Ryerson: Interpersonal Communication, Silver
  • Sabrina Hall: Career Investigation, Gold
  • Kennedy McNeal and I’ani Henry: Promote and Publicize FCCLA., Silver
  • Xinya Liang, Rebekah Lamb, Serenity Alderson, Kaylynne Reed, Luke Walker, Brianna Caceres and Lidia Martinez: Parlimentary Procedure, Silver
  • Yarexie Viezcas, Melanie Ferrios and Dulce Garcia: Repurpose and Redesign, Silver
  • Diana Garcia: National Programs in Action, Bronze

The conference provided FCCLA members opportunities to listen to inspiring speakers, attend youth workshops, compete on the national level and network with other youth.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Make It Count,” which inspired attendees to share how they explore career opportunities, develop leadership skills and grow personally while making a difference in their families and communities.

“We are thrilled to have an attendance of over 7,000 members, advisers, corporate partners and guests who are committed to discovering the unlimited possibilities available through FCCLA,” said Sandy Spavone, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America executive director in a press release. “The relationships and skills developed during this conference have inspired students to make a difference in their own communities and to make every moment count.”

More than 4,000 members compete annually in FCCLA’s Students Taking Action with Recognition events for a chance to win scholarships, awards and national recognition. STAR events are competitive events through which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and career preparation. The events also offer personal skills development and the application of learning through teamwork, goal setting and performance.

STAR event participants compete at the region, district, state and national level and are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and career preparation. Participants can compete individually or as a team.

Students can choose to compete in 30 different STAR events, all of which recognize participants who demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities to actively identify an issue concerning families, careers or communities, research the topic and develop and implement a project to advocate for positive change.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective national student organization with over 199,000 members nationwide that helps students become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education.

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